Working for The Weather Company has taken me a lot of unique places in 2012 and probably the most exciting was New York City just in time to help prepare stations for the onslaught that was about to happen from Superstorm Sandy. <- Yes spellcheck, I know Superstorm isn’t officially a word, but that hasn’t stopped me before.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience came on the heels of being on the road for a few weeks and left me very little time to prepare, but it was worth it. After going to a friend’s wedding the night before, I had to get my bags repacked and jump back on a plane for NYC on a Saturday because Sandy was coming on Monday.
During my time in NYC, I had the opportunity to visit and help several different news organizations. On the first day, I spent time at WNYW, the Fox station in town. I also went to 30 Rockefeller Center and helped Dylan at MSNBC. On Monday, as Sandy arrived, I spent time at Good Morning America and then went to ABC World News.
In my time in New York, I was able to see the destruction first-hand. I had the opportunity to see the crane as it dangled on top of one of the buildings and I also saw the massive transformer explosion. That was bright enough that I thought it was lightning. I could see that from my hotel room in midtown Manhattan. Thankfully, my power stayed on. I can’t say the same for the folks just two blocks from me.
As Wednesday approached, I was trying to get out of the city and was having problems as my flight, which was supposed to go through LGA, was canceled due to the ramps being underwater. I ended up getting a cab ride for $96 from Manhattan to Newark, a plane ride through Philly back to Milwaukee, and a rental car from Milwaukee to Madison.
While in the city and after the storm, I had the chance to take some pictures of some damage. I have made the photo album available on Facebook. Just click here to view the pictures. Some of the pics are just touristy images while there are others highlighting the damage.
Like I said already, it was a once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) event and it was interesting to be a part of it on the front lines.
Tomorrow’s entry into the Top 7 of 2012 will highlight my more adventurous side.